The Personal Journey 365, where’s your focus?
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:30, NIV
We hear the still quiet voice becoming louder as a result of answering the calling with the choice for Christ as the Proclamation of Faith resounds. Salvation is claimed, and this turning point initiates the intimate personal journey with Jesus Christ. Now the transformation begins into the fullness of salvation that can only be achieved by continual focus on the Savior.
We have stepped out of the boat and begin walking on water. Sound impossible? It is in the natural, but not in the heavenly realm of God’s kingdom. Simplified, the new man is reborn into Christ’s own image leaving behind the understanding of this world to be transformed into the next. He is in this world, but no longer of this world (John 17:14-19). And the battle begins.
The honing of faith, as sanctification continues, comes in the one-day-at-a-time journey of life’s obstacles, and this is where focus requires our utmost attention. Focused on the wind and waves of circumstance continually beating against us, we sink. Listening to the voices and popular opinion of those still sitting in the boat, we sink. Attempting to figure it out in our own power how to stay afloat, we sink. If we are no longer of this world, but rather in the Kingdom of God, then we are focused on Jesus Christ.
As Spiritual maturity grows and faith is strengthened on this daily battleground of circumstances, perception changes and the big picture begins to unfold. We are never given more than what is required to stretch and build the faith in Christ needed to overcome anything put before us. These muscles of faith being torn down by the old to be rebuilt by the new bring us ever closer to Gods’ ultimate design. The war has already been won on Calvary, but we walk the victory daily through this valley of the shadow of death. “Where’s your focus?” becomes the decisive battle cry. As the world progresses in confusion and deception, the saints are ever more attuned to the voice of the Savior as a result of the day-to-day personal victories through the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling within us.
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